Summer vacation comes around every year without fail, and it’s long awaited by kids and parents alike. You’ll need to think of ways to keep your kids happy and entertained during these weeks, so it’s always helpful to read through some advice and get some pointers and ideas. Get inspired to keep your kids entertained in your backyard if you’re working on a budget. There’s endless fun to be had outside if only you know how to make it. Often the most simple of toys and activities can provide hours of fun, so don’t worry about not having the money to buy your kids the latest toys and take them out every weekend.
Creating The Budget
Try and save some money before summer vacation, so that you can take your kids out for the day, if only once. Tell them about the day you have planned and give them something to look forward to. Your kids will be far more willing to be keep busy in the backyard if they know they’re going for an exciting family day out soon. Budget and save in preparation to buy the items your kids will want to play with, like footballs or soccer balls and nets. If you’re not in the financial position to buy toys for your kids, then consider putting some items on a credit card. You can use Bonsai Finance to borrow the money you need and pay the money back later.
In the weeks before summer vacation, keep an eye out for online deals and special offers on tickets for attractions to go places such as theme parks and zoos. A day out for you and your family at such places can be expensive, so search to see whether there are half price vouchers being advertised beforehand. You could buy these tickets and make a special day out of it by also going out for a meal afterwards. This needn’t be to an expensive restaurant, but you could instead prepare a picnic with your kid’s favorite sandwiches and snacks. Download apps such as Groupon, and look for the best deals online and decide upon a day out for your kids.
Get A Small Pool
Pools provide endless fun for your kids especially when it’s warm outside, and they need to cool down. Pools are expensive to buy, so you can look online and inquire into getting a small one second-hand. If this isn’t viable, then ask whether your kids might be able to swim in your neighbors pool, or one that your friends have. If you have young children, then even a paddling pool could fit the bill. Remember always to supervise your children when playing near water.
Get your kids crafting during the summer vacation as it’s inexpensive and can keep your kids entertained for hours. Try and help your kids to learn a new skill such as knitting or crocheting. You can sit in the shade and teach your kids for the duration of an afternoon. Or, make a day of it and challenge your kids to create something in the space of a day. By doing this, you’ll always be encouraging some healthy rivalry between your children. If your kids aren’t interested in neither knitting nor crocheting, then think about crafting items made from cardboard. You can build robots, for example, and paint them using safe paints outside.
Invite Their Friends Over
Invite your kid’s school friends over to your place at least once a week. Your kids will happily entertain themselves when part of a larger group as there’s more fun to be had. As long as you’re on hand should they need you, you can enjoy this time to relax inside for a while. Invite their friend’s to yours and with any luck, the favor should be returned. Your kids will enjoy going to play elsewhere as they’ll have new toys to play with and new games to play. Dinner needn’t be a sit down one, instead you can provide some sandwiches, some chips and two or three pieces of chopped fruit.
Hand your kids a packet of chalks and tell them they can draw or write on anything they want to, as long as they stay in the yard. They will hardly believe their ears. Draw a large target board on the floor and fill a bucket up with water balloons for them to use to hit the board. Show them how to lay the game and leave them to it. Chalks allow your kids to express their creativity in places that it feels naughty to do. Tell your kids that they can draw on the bricks of your house and on the tires of your car and they’ll be overjoyed.
Fun With Shaving Foam
Playing with shaving foam can get messy, so this will have to be activity your kids enjoy outside. Cover an outside table or chair with a black plastic bin bag if you want to keep it dry and safe, or instead allow your kids to spray the foam directly onto the piece of furniture. Your kids will enjoy playing with the foam and squashing it around. When your kids have had enough, then you can spray the table down and wash them off in the process. Try and use a natural and ethically sourced shaving foam since you’ll be spraying it into the grass and soil.
Keep your kids entertained in the kitchen and get them making baked goods. Tell them which appliances are dangerous and not to be played with and then get to help them bake. Start off with a simple cake such as Victoria sponge or a tray of cupcakes. Ask your kids to help you measure out the ingredients and mix the ingredients together. Once they have baked, then give your kids the opportunity to decorate them however they so wish. Buy some multi-colored sprinkles and food coloring, and let them decide how they want their cakes to look.
Take Them To The Beach
If you live near the coast, then think about taking your kids along to the beach and inviting their friends. The seaside can provide hours of fun for your kids. A bucket and spade shouldn’t break the bank, so give your kids their own pair and let them enjoy playing. A day at the beach can provide entertainment for the entire day, and it’s low cost. Providing you don’t have to drive miles to get to your nearest one. Show your kids how to make a moat, and let them collect shells and stones. The open waters aren’t without risk, so always ensure you keep your kids in sight.
If you have a climbing wall near to where you live, then take your kids there for an afternoon. Your kids can start off by climbing the small boulders and work up from there. Climbing days are physically demanding and tiring, so there’s a good chance your kids will go to bed early after a day out climbing. This allows you some downtime to yourself, and you can enjoy the summer sitting outside in the last rays of the day’s heat. Indoor rock climbing helps your kids improve their upper body strength and should aid them in their ability to climb trees. By taking your kids climbing, you’re helping them to stay safe when they’re outside and scaling trees.
Make A Climbing Frame
You can build your kids a climbing frame using recycled wood or wood your find at a timber yard. Enlist the help of friends and begin creating a small climbing frame outside. Create a soft landing space by laying down woodchip or pieces of rubber. You can affix a slide onto the structure and think about attaching some rope to a large tree in your garden and making a swing. Your kids won’t mind in the design is somewhat rudimentary, as long as they’ve got a frame to play on. As always, safety is paramount so try not to build the structure too high and make sure you’re nearby if your kids are playing on the climbing frame
Build A Tree House
You can build a tree house much the same way as you would a climbing frame. Source pieces of wood or corrugated iron, and construct the foundation to start with and add the recognizable features. Kids enjoy having their own space to play, and a tree house is the perfect place to let them do this. Add some windows to the design and a roof and let your kids decorate the place. If you don’t have a tree in your backyard, then converting a small shed will work to the effect. If you’ve got a shed in your yard, then think about emptying the contents and storing it under a tarpaulin for the summer and making it into a place for your kids to play. Add some chairs, blankets and some cushions and let your kids improvise with the rest.